Hillside walk, 09 December 2013
No new flowers this week. The toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), which has had a few remnant flowers for a very long time, has at last stopped blooming, amid lots of red berries.
The highlight this week is the abundance of liverworts in Canyons 3 and 4. I've never seen so many.
This week's walk took a different route from the usual. Instead of heading up the ridge between Canyons 8 and 9, I went up the ridge between Canyons 7 and 8. This was an attempt to find a way to the cottonwood grove located to the west of that ridge. The attempt was unsuccessful. However, I did follow the ridge all the way to the top, then went across to the usual ridge, passing just below the houses. At that high point, crossing the canyon between those two ridges required great care. It's not for the feint of heart, and not something I would do regularly. There might have been an easier route slightly lower down.